updates wont run i get the error message below

Asked by ann Little on 2013-04-28

E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'dpkg --configure -a' to correct the problem.
E: _cache->open() failed, please report.

I am using 8.04

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This question was originally filed as bug #1173855.

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Fabio Marconi (fabiomarconi) said : #1

Thank you for taking the time to report this issue and helping to make Ubuntu better. Examining the information you have given us, this does not appear to be a bug report so we are closing it and converting it to a question in the support tracker. We understand the difficulties you are facing, but it is better to raise problems you are having in the support tracker at https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu if you are uncertain if they are bugs. You can also find help posting your problem in the support forum of your local Ubuntu's community http://loco.ubuntu.com/ or asking at http://askubuntu.com. For help on reporting bugs, see https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ReportingBugs.

Does your OS use a graphical desktop with a mouse pointer, or is it desktopless and purely CLI based?

As it suggested, try running "sudo dpkg --configure-a" without the quotations. Ubuntu 8.04 is now at the end of it's life on desktop, and is very nearly on the server too. It may be worth installing a newer version, like 12.04 LTS.

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